2018 brings us new adventures and it seems like the perfect time to share with you one of my goals. As Coppell is 1:1 in grades 4-12 and iPad and MacBook heavy in all grades, I started thinking about why our district uses Apple programs and devices to support deeper learning.
What makes us use Apple in Education? The facts say… We have 1:1 iPads.3 of our schools are recognized as Apple Distinguished Schools.We have several Apple Distinguished Educators in our district.Many of our teachers have become Apple Teachers over the past year. But truthfully, in order to truly impact our learners, it must go deeper than that. Those of us that became Apple Teachers, what are we doing with that knowledge? How do we take what we know about the ease of use in Apple programs to design deeper learning experiences?
This winter, you are invited to learn with me and some of my coaching team as we explore Apple’s foundational programs and how they can impact learning. Each …
For years, we as educators have been talking about connected classrooms. Over the years, many classes I have worked with have connected with experts, used tools that allow for online collaboration and joined projects that involve learning with others outside of their classroom walls.
But how do we make sure those connections promote deeper thinking?
I've been thinking about this question a lot lately.
To me, a connected classroom starts with a connected educator. Connected educators are inspired by connected coaches. As I reflect upon the types of connections made by myself and modeled to the educators with which I coach, I realized something.
It's a step to put yourself out there, and I took that step by starting this blog. But connection isn't just putting yourself out there, it is the conversation between thinkers, the shared work of collaborators, the process of problem solving with someone and more.
That's why I decided it was time for me to show you how I am trying…
Step 2 Pick one (or more) of my topics and record a short video response.
Step 3 (optional, but fun) Watch someone else's video responses.
You do not need to set up an account to participate as a learner in a grid, but you would want to if you decide to create one to use with your class. Educators get one grid like my example above to host video topics and responses for free. To host multiple grids, you'd need to pay for an account.